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The premise of this book is a challenge--on a freezing day, an elderly man dies in a parking lot in what looks like either a fall or heart attack, and that belief is checked off on by everybody. Except Inspector Green, who decides, based on slight evidence but mostly some sort of intuition, that it was murder, and the book is written around his persistence in solving a crime nobody else believed existed.This is not an unusual plot setup for a mystery. And even the idea is good--because we'd all want someone to care that much if something happened to us or someone we cared about.
It would have made a more credible story if the author had been more convincing in how she presented it. While listening, I kept having the feeling that Barbara Fradkin must be a very kind person, so kind that she found it hard to imbue the mystery she wrote with the kinds of murderous intentions and undertones that creep in through description, dialogue, etc. And Inspector Green was just too "nice." Hard to believe he was a seasoned member of the police. That's what I finally decided this (otherwise interesting story) lacked. The mystery was good, but somehow it just didn't jive with some simplistic aspects of her writing that felt as though she was, through a good bit of the book, holding back the kinds of indicators that would bring the reader into the imagined reading world of murder. It just left me feeling something was missing stylistically.
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